Queen Nancy told us rubes that we would have to wait to for her and her fellow Democrats to ram through the “health care” bill to see what is in it. Now that we have been afforded the opportunity to see what ObamaCare is all about, support for getting rid of it has spiked to an all-time high.
Support for repeal of the new national health care plan has jumped to its highest level ever. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 63% of U.S. voters now favor repeal of the plan passed by congressional Democrats and signed into law by President Obama in March.
Prior to today, weekly polling had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%.
Currently, just 32% oppose repeal.
The new findings include 46% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care bill and 25% who Strongly Oppose it.
While opposition to the bill has remained as consistent since its passage as it was beforehand, this marks the first time that support for repeal has climbed into the 60s. It will be interesting to see whether this marks a brief bounce or indicates a trend of growing opposition.
Remember all of the Obama Zombies promising us that the more we learned about the bill, the more support it would garner?
President Obama’s job approval rating fell to 47% for the week ending April 11, the lowest of his administration so far by one percentage point.
Obama’s weekly job approval average has fluctuated within the narrow four-point range of 47% to 51% since January of this year. The current weekly average more than anything else represents a continuation of the president’s generally lower approval ratings this year compared to the higher ratings he enjoyed in his first year in office.
On a short-term basis, Obama’s latest three-day average (Friday through Sunday) is at 45%, with disapproval at 48% — both of which are the worst three-day averages since Obama took office.
In the immediate days after the bill’s passage, Gallup showed a slight bump upward in Obama’s approval ratings, which Democrats hailed as the big comeback they’d predicted. But the overall direction of Obama’s approval numbers during the health-care debate has been plain to see. He started off with a 66% approval rating in May, as Nancy Pelosi readied the bill for consideration, and 59% in June when it was unveiled. He has lost a third of his support since its introduction, and Gallup reports that even among their sampling of the general adult population rather than registered or likely voters (a sample type that is traditionally more sympathetic to Democrats), ObamaCare remains unpopular.
In a nutshell: The judge passed on getting involved, stating that the issue needs to go through the proper channels within the Division of Insurance. As if the appeals process will yield a different result from the Patrick-backed commissioner.
Judge Stephen E. Neel’s decision against granting the preliminary injunction sought by insurance companies means the state’s rejection of 235 proposed rate increases stands for now. The higher rates would have taken effect April 1.
The judge rejected the companies’ contention that the insurance market would be thrust into chaos if they could not quickly institute the higher rates. But the ruling is not the final chapter in the battle. Insurers are pursuing appeals within the Division of Insurance. If their appeals are turned down, the court would take up the case later this spring.
During the appeals process, last year’s base rates for what is known as the small-group market will remain in effect. Neel also denied the insurers’ request for an expedited trial.
The case has focused a national spotlight on the tug of war between regulators and a health care system over mounting costs for consumers and businesses.
Governor Deval Patrick, who imposed emergency regulations that set the stage for regulators to reject premium increases, hailed Neel’s decision as a victory for small businesses and families that have been burdened by years of rising health care expenses.
The “big victory” for Deval is a huge defeat for the NON PROFIT insurers and the individuals and small businesses who will be shut out as the insurers refuse to sell new policies until the dispute is “settled.”
My Congressman, John Tierney – D, 6th District, is once again hiding from his constituents and hosting a telephone town hall next week to defend his yes vote on ObamaCare.
PEABODY — Congressman John Tierney is hosting two telephone town hall meetings Tuesday to talk about the recently enacted reform of the nation’s health care system.
He will also provide constituents with a general legislative update during conference calls that are scheduled to begin at 4 and 5:15 p.m.
Those interested can register at tierney.house.gov. Registration will close at 10 a.m. Monday.
The last time the Salem Democrat discussed health care over the phone, more than 32,000 people participated in two calls at the end of last summer.
I saw Tierney leaving a Marsha Coakley “rally” in Gloucester back in January. The horrified look on his face when confronted with a swarm of Brown supporters may explain why he doesn’t want to do a town hall in person. Or perhaps he was simply taken aback when I announced him to the crowd as my future EX Congressman. Whatever the reason, I still suggest you register to have a chit chat with John Boy next week.
CBO admitted this in respone to a letter from Paul Ryan which asked them to score the Senate version and the House reconciliation version (ObamaCare) alongside the increase in Medicare payments (Doc Fix) in that bill.
In response to a question from Paul Ryan (as Kathryn notes below), the CBO has now priced out the cost of the Democrats’ health-bill (including the reconciliation bill), together with the cost of the permanent “doc fix” they have proposed. CBO writes: “enacting all three pieces of legislation would add $59 billion to budget deficits over the 2010–2019 period.” That, of course, is without even accounting for all the other gimmicks, empty promises, and implausible offsets in the .Democrats’ bill.
Together with all those gimmicks, keeping the “doc fix” separate from the health-care bills they are getting ready to vote on was key to allowing the Democrats to get a CBO score that seemed to keep the bill from raising the deficit.
What these despicable fools don’t seem to realize is that there will come a day in the not too distant future where they will be the party out of power and their sickening behavoir will come back to bite them in their shady asses. I, for one, am counting the minutes until we have our day of reckoning.
Remember when the MSM was wondering (wishfully thinking) if Rush had become obsolete?
House administrators estimate that Capitol switchboard operators are fielding roughly 40,000 calls per hour from constituents and that perhaps twice as many callers are experiencing busy signals a full day after radio host Rush Limbaugh gave his listening audience the Capitol switchboard phone number and encouraged them to call it.
That means that in an eight-hour window, the Capitol is being deluged with more than 300,000 phone calls, said Jeff Ventura, spokesman for the Chief Administrator’s Office. The barrage is about 10 times what the switchboard usually receives, he added.
“This doesn’t surprise me. It’s going to be that way all week, until they vote [on health care reform]. No doubt about it,” he said. “For everyone who doesn’t get through, they’ll just say to themselves, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’”
Keep them burning. The main number is (202) 224-3121.
Please see the previous post for “undecided” House members who need special attention.
So proclaimed the most talkative president in modern memory. I can’t remember when Barack Obama said that. Maybe it was during the first “final showdown” on health care. Or maybe it was the third. The fifth? It’s so hard to tell when pretty much every week since the dawn of the Mesozoic Era, Obama or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid has proclaimed that it is now Go Time for health-care reform.
So you’ll forgive me if I’m somewhat skeptical about the possibility that the health-care reform debate is about to come to an end.
The president recently said, “Everything there is to say about health care has been said, and just about everybody has said it.”
But wait. If everything, pro and con, has been said about the subject, by everybody, that means someone isn’t telling the truth, right?
As of yesterday, the House vote counter admitted that the votes still are not there while Dough Boy Gibbs declared ObamaCare will be law by next Sunday’s morning news shows.
Keep the heat up on the Blue Dogs. Remind them that Scott Brown received donations and volunteer support from across the country and, for many, their sole motivation was to kill ObamaCare. If they vote for this, the same people’s sole motivation will be to elect Republicans to repeal it.
“When the people of my state elected me in January, they sent more than a senator to Washington, they sent a message. Across party lines, the voters told politicians in Washington to get its priorities right.”
“The president has tried to convince us that what he is proposing will be good for America. But how can it be good for America if it raises taxes by half a trillion dollars and costs a trillion dollars more to implement,” asked Brown.
“Speaker Pelosi and others are handing down their marching orders, telling them to vote for this bill no matter what. Rarely have elected leaders been so intent on defying the public will,”
“What’s going on is a last, desperate power play…If my colleagues don’t mind some advice from a newcomer, I’d suggest going with the will of the people.”
Nothing has been more disconcerting than to watch Democratic politicians and their media supporters deceive themselves into believing that the public favors the Democrats’ current health-care plan. Yes, most Americans believe, as we do, that real health-care reform is needed. And yes, certain proposals in the plan are supported by the public.
This is what happens when an adoring press corps (silent “p”, Barry) laps up every word The One says as gospel. The yes-men on the inside tell the president what he wants to hear and the yes-men of the MSM cheer it on.